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Qi Wang is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University. She holds a BSc in Psychology from Peking University, China, and a PhD in Psychology from Harvard University. She directs the Culture & Cognition Lab. Her research examines the mechanisms underlying the development of a variety of cognitive and social-cognitive skills in the context of culture, focusing particularly on autobiographical memory. Wang has received many honors and awards. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, and National Natural Science Foundation of China. Wang frequently publishes in scientific journals and in volumes of collected works. Her single-authored book "The autobiographical self in time and culture" (Oxford University Press, August 2013) is regarded as the definitive work on culture and autobiographical memory. Wang is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.
- Asian American Studies Program
- China and Asia-Pacific Studies Program
- Human Development
- Cognitive Science
- East Asia Program
- College of Human Ecology: Human Development
My research interests are at the intersection of cognitive and social development. Integrating developmental, cognitive, and sociocultural perspectives, my research examines the mechanisms underlying the development of a variety of cognitive and social-cognitive skills, including autobiographical memory, self, future thinking, emotion knowledge, and metacognition. I am particularly interested in how cultural beliefs and goals influence social cognitive representations and processes by affecting information processing at the level of the individual and by shaping social practices between individuals (e.g., sharing memory narratives between parents and children).
Currently I am conducting studies to examine cultural effects on the perceptual, retention, and retrieval processes of episodic remembering; episodic future thinking in children and adults; autobiographical memory in the context of peer relations; and social-cognitive factors in the development of autobiographical memory in middle childhood. I am also conducting studies to investigate the impact of social media - a cultural element of our digitally mediated society - on memory, self, and well-being.
For more information, visit Culture & Cognition Lab.
Wang, Q. (2021). The cultural foundation of human memory. Annual Review of Psychology, 72, 151-179. doi:10.1146/annurev-psych-070920-023638
Yang, Y., Wang, L., & Wang, Q. (2021). Take your word or tone for it? European American and Chinese children’s attention to emotional cues in speech. Child Development, 92(3), 844-852. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13576
Swallow, K. M., & Wang, Q. (2020). Culture influences how people divide continuous sensory experience into events. Cognition. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2020.104450
Wang, Q., & Jeon, H. J. (2020). Bias in Bias Recognition: People View Others but not Themselves as Biased by Preexisting Beliefs and Social Stigmas. PLoS ONE 15(10): e0240232. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0240232
Wang, Q., Koh, J. B. K., Santacrose, D., Song, Q., Klemfuss, J. Z., & Doan, S. N. (2019). Child-centered memory conversations facilitate children’s episodic thinking. Cognitive Development, 51, 58-66. doi:10.1016/j.cogdev.2019.05.009
Wang, Q., Hou, Y., Koh, J. B. K., Song, Q., & Yang, Y. (2018). Culturally motivated remembering: The moderating role of culture for the relation of episodic memory to well-being. Clinical Psychological Science, 6(6), 860-871.
Wang, Q., & Song, Q. (2018). He says, she says: Mothers and children remembering the same events. Child Development, 89(6), 2215-2229.
Wang, Q. (2016). Why should we all be cultural psychologists? Lessons from the study of social cognition. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11, 5, 583-596.
Wang, Q., & Koh, J. B. K. (2015). How will things be the next time? Self in the construction of future events among school-aged children. Consciousness and Cognition, 36, 131-138.
Wang, Q., & Peterson, C. (2014). Your earliest memory may be earlier than you think: Prospective studies of children’s dating of earliest childhood memories. Developmental Psychology, 50(6), 1680-6.
Wang, Q. (2013). Gender and emotion in everyday event memory. Memory, 21, 503-511.
Wang, Q., Hou, Y., Tang, H., & Wiprovnick, A. (2011). Traveling backward and forward in time: Culture and gender in the episodic specificity of past and future events. Memory, 19, 1, 103-109.
Wang, Q., Shao, Y., & Li, Y. J. (2010). “My way or Mom’s way?” The bilingual and bicultural self in Hong Kong Chinese children and adolescents. Child Development, 81, 2, 555-567.
Wang, Q. (2009). Are Asians forgetful? Perception, retention, and recall in episodic remembering. Cognition, 111, 123-131
Wang, Q. (2008). Emotion knowledge and autobiographical memory across the preschool years: A cross-cultural longitudinal investigation. Cognition, 108, 117-135.
Wang, Q. (2008). Being American, being Asian: The bicultural self and autobiographical memory in Asian Americans. Cognition, 107, 743-751.